Greg Lake (left) in a 1972 ELP photo with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. (Source: AP)
The band was saddened to hear about the passing of Greg Lake on Wednesday, December 7, after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer.” As a frontman for King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg helped craft music that would define progressive rock.
Our thoughts are with Regina, Natasha and the family.
Asia will be touring with Journey in 2017! John, Geoff, Carl and Sam are excited to see you on the road.
“Asia is honoured to be asked to share the stage with Journey,” says ASIA’s lead singer and bassist John Wetton, who has been fighting cancer since 2015 after the band finished its last US tour. “On a personal note, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me; I remain determined and my road to a full recovery continues. I look forward to seeing everyone on the tour next year”.
WORLD PEACE – SPOKEN WORD ALBUM ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED with UNESCO USA
OVER 300 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CONTRIBUTE from over 30 countries featuring Dan Aykroyd, Julian Lennon, Kathy Sledge, Alan White, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Annie Haslam, Janis Ian, Martin Barre, Colin Andrews, Lillias White, and many other artists!
ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED, a World Peace Project with UNESCO – USFUCA, is produced by Grammy® Winner Kevin Mackie, award winning producer Krista Wallhagen, and Guinness World Record® holder musician and award winning filmmaker Rupam Sarmah. Through media initiatives, in collaboration with artists, authors, and organizations from all around the world, AMPU’s mission of establishing a peaceful planet and a healthy biosphere will be an ongoing commitment. One of the goals for the project is to pair up artists who live in opposing countries for collaborations that go beyond politics, religion and borders.
The team has produced a musical spoken word album that will exchange ideas, stories, and information focused on bringing about World Peace through individual responsibility, Education, and helping each other. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of environmental and humanitarian crisis and find actionable solutions.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) strives to promote peace and security among nations through education, science, and culture.
“I pray for the moment of mass consciousness when we all wake up and bring peace into our own hearts and souls. It’s a challenge and it’s going to take every one of us to make it happen,” says Dan Aykroyd.
The double CD album with 45 tracks of Musical Spoken Word and Songs will be officially released on Sept 21, 2016. The album is available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, and other stores worldwide. Please visit the site for details: www.ActionMovesPeopleUnited.org
Today, we retire the Google Groups Asia Guestbook and moves things to a Facebook Group. With over 4000 members, we have no doubt you will find many people with which to share all things Asia. Like the Google Group, the Facebook page will focus on the John Wetton-led incarnations of the band.
All four original members of ASIA are pleased to announce the re-release of PHOENIX, the first album recorded during the reunion of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, on the band’s own imprint label ASIA Music Ltd, via Cherry Red.
This re-release features the European Version of the album, the two acoustic bonus tracks from foreign editions and a bonus disc with the American version of the album. The release is now housed in a digipack to match the subsequent releases by the reunion line-up. The re-release also continues to feature the iconic artwork of Roger Dean.
When first released in 2008, the American edition included a different mix of the opening track Never Again and different mastering throughout. The band was aware that US fans may have a different perception of the album, because of these differences, so it has been included as a bonus disc. As this is on the band’s own label, it was able to control that the wholesale price was only increased by an amount necessary to cover the cost of manufacturing the extra disc.
The 2 disc version of Phoenix can be ordered worldwide through these links:
The members of ASIA have the following titles out ahead of a return to band activities in 2016. The band wishes its fans the best for the festive season and will be outlining future plans in a forthcoming announcement.
John Wetton’s Live via Satellite collects together both of Wetton’s acoustic solo concerts for radio broadcasts. The XM radio broadcast was an official website only title over 10 years ago and has never had a commercial release. The Swedish radio broadcast (previously unreleased) was thought lost in a fire, until a duplicate of the master tapes was found thanks to a long and tireless search by Wetton’s fans.
Carl Palmer’s “Twist of the Wrist” and “The Rhythm of Light” collections are the first two in a series of signed and numbered prints on canvas featuring stunning visual images constructed from his unique drum performances. Working with acclaimed L.A. art team SceneFour, the artwork featured within combine motion, color, and lighting into some of the most compelling fine art visuals ever created. A career first, Carl Palmer has co-authored a comprehensive book about his fine art collections. Titled “Art in Rhythm: The Artwork of Carl Palmer,” the First Edition of the book is now available to collectors worldwide exclusively from:
Geoff Downes’ DBA project with Chris Braide has released its second album, Suburban Ghosts, which follows on from the critically acclaimed Pictures of You. Chris Braide has written and produced for many artists including Sia, Lana Del Rey, David Guetta, Afrojack and recently produced Marc Almond’s album The Velvet Trail.
Sam Coulson has released the first solo album of his career, Electric Classical, which features his interpretation of various classical pieces, entirely played on guitar. The album features some well-known and no so well-known pieces all played in his unique style for classical and rock fans alike.
GIVE THE GIFT OF ASIA FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND SAVE BIG!!!
Check out our BLACK FRIDAY sale all month at the original ASIA gift shop!
ALL REMAINING ASIA T-SHIRTS 50% OFF!!
ASIA CDs, DVDs, signed posters and lithos, and other items 30% OFF (while supplies last)!
ASIA to release officially their historic performance at the San Francisco Regency Ballroom Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII out on Frontiers in June
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of ASIA’s new live audio visual release “Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII” in 2CD/DVD and blu-ray formats on July 3rd in Europe and July 10th in North America.
Recorded on November 7th, 2012 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, this new ASIA live CD / DVD and Blu Ray captures once again the band, in the original line-up, in front of an ecstatic audience during one of the shows that ASIA performed in support of the “XXX” album and which was broadcasted by AXS TV in the USA.
With HD recording this new live album is truly a rewarding experience for all ASIA fans. After the recent DVD releases, this is Asia performing one of the very last shows featuring the original line up with: Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton live on the road, in-your face and for your viewing pleasure.
The set list features songs from their first two albums and selected cuts from the reunion albums, including the single from the “XXX” album, “Face on the Bridge”. This is a historical document of where the band was at the time and a snapshot of their musicianship, camaraderie and passion. This live CD – DVD or Blu-ray is an irreplaceable companion to the “XXX” studio album.
According to John Wetton, AXIS is “A journey through ASIA’s history, from ‘Alpha to Omega’ and more, in the beautiful setting of the Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California. Much newer material is aired, plus the band’s vintage hit songs performed by all four original members of ASIA. A stunning recording, an unmissable treat for any ASIA fan, new or old.”
Formed at the dawn of the MTV era, Asia’s first release was the best selling album in the world in 1982 and sat at the number 1 spot in the USA for 9 weeks, powered by the classic rock anthem, “Heat Of The Moment,” and four other radio hits. Asia’s 1983 sophomore album, Alpha, also went multi-platinum and enjoyed several hit singles, including the #1 smash, “Don’t Cry”. During the recording of its third disc, the band splintered, and by the 1990s, only Geoff Downes remained from the original line-up.
“Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII” tracklisting includes:
CD1 – Introduction; Only Time Will Tell; Wildest Dreams; Face On The Bridge;Time Again; Tomorrow The World; Ride Easy; Pyramidology; The Golden Mean; I Know How You Feel; Don’t Cry; The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.
CD2 – Cutting It Fine; Holy War/Drum Solo; An Extraordinary Life; Here ComesThe Feeling; Open Your Eyes; Sole Survivor; Heat Of The Moment.
DVD // BLU RAY – Introduction; Only Time Will Tell; Wildest Dreams; Face On The Bridge; Time Again; Tomorrow The World; Ride Easy; Pyramidology; The Golden Mean; I Know How You Feel; Don’t Cry; The Smile Has Left Your Eyes; Cutting It Fine; Holy War/Drum Solo; An Extraordinary Life; Here Comes The Feeling; Open Your Eyes; Sole Survivor; Heat Of The Moment.